Network Security Best Practices and Products

  • June 05, 2009 05 Jun'09

    Sprint's Kindle deal shows mobile ARPU isn't everything for telecoms

    Sprint Nextel Corporation is earning only $2 ARPU off the 400,000 mobile users who bought a Kindle in Q1 2009, according to recent analysis. But huge profit margins mean the MVNO-like deal with Amazon is paying off handsomely for the struggling ...

  • June 03, 2009 03 Jun'09

    My inside look at the world of Star Wars

    Last week I held the original blaster that Harrison Ford - as Han Solo - used to shoot Greedo in Star Wars (Episode IV). That's what I consider the highlight to a vacation. Thanks to some business ...

  • June 03, 2009 03 Jun'09

    Cloud computing networks: Preparing for the future

    Despite all the hype, enterprises are adopting cloud computing today. Network administrators must strategize differently and make certain changes in order to deliver the cloud computing networks that enterprises will demand from them.

  • June 03, 2009 03 Jun'09

    Cut remote IT support costs without adding more WAN management tools

    Remote IT support costs can run rampant, particularly if admins turn to WAN management tools to fix the problem. By opting for simpler branch networks with richer remote support solutions, network administrators can save themselves both time and ...

  • June 02, 2009 02 Jun'09

    Ethical hacking and countermeasures: Network penetration testing intro

    Have you ethically hacked your business network? asked this question of our readers and found shocking results: More than half had not conducted a network penetration test -- and the reasons ranged from not knowing enough about ...

  • May 28, 2009 28 May'09

    Interop: Fibre Channel over Ethernet demo by Ethernet Alliance

    While walking the floor at Interop Las Vegas last week, I met with Brad Booth, chairman of the Ethernet Alliance, who demonstrated Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). In this video, you can see how ...

  • May 28, 2009 28 May'09

    Local telecoms see opportunity in rural broadband stimulus package

    The smallest local telecoms may gain the most from Obama's rural broadband stimulus package. As larger service providers pass up potential stimulus grants, rural service providers are seeing a potential boon in an otherwise tough telecommunications ...

  • May 27, 2009 27 May'09

    Service providers like Verizon offer WAN services to cut network costs

    With budgets tightening, service providers are offering managed WAN services ranging from optimization to on-site maintenance as a way to cut internal costs.

  • May 27, 2009 27 May'09

    IT networking career maintenance and advancement best practices

    With the economic downturn, aspiring IT network professionals and even pros with plenty of experience are getting reacquainted with the job market. We spoke with network career training and certification guidance expert Ed Tittel about how to ...

  • May 26, 2009 26 May'09

    Talking cloud computing networks and 10 Gigabit Ethernet with Arista

    Cloud computing network switch vendor Arista Networks is a startup with a lot of star power. Arista, which specializes in high-density 1 rack unit (RU) 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches, was founded by Andy Bechtolsheim, who also founded Sun Microsystems...

  • May 21, 2009 21 May'09

    Interop attendees upbeat, but focused

    While walking the expo floor at Interop Las Vegas this week, I was pleasantly relieved to see that the gloomy economy has not dampened the spirits of the networking industry. Although I have heard ...

  • May 21, 2009 21 May'09

    Tweeting Las Vegas: Interop in 140 characters

    Mobile access is spotty. Booths are pretty empty, except where there's beer or boxing. People are talking about NAC, IT management, and cloud computing. They're cautiously optimistic about the ...

  • May 21, 2009 21 May'09

    Jury out on Obama telecom policy, but broadband stimulus gives hope

    As confirmation hearings drag on, telecoms remain undecided about how telecom-friendly the Obama administration will ultimately be, even as regional players start to make plays for broadband stimulus funds.

  • May 20, 2009 20 May'09

    Aruba Networks joins lifetime warranty club

    Aruba Networks announced this morning that it will now offer lifetime warranties on all its indoor wireless LAN access points. This will provide some nice investment protection to customers. It's ...

  • May 20, 2009 20 May'09

    VMware CTO talks virtual server networking at Interop

    Virtual server networking can be challenging because of the lack of visibility into the virtual machines. But, as companies creep closer to 100% virtualized environments, virtualization software leader VMware is aware of these challenges and is ...

  • May 20, 2009 20 May'09

    WAN design engineers prefer network fundamentals over next-gen hype

    Despite hype around virtualization and cloud computing, today's WAN design engineers are looking to the fundamentals: savings, SIP, and WAN optimization and acceleration.

  • May 19, 2009 19 May'09

    Network security threats solved by risk management: John Pironti explains

    Network security threats abound, and news of data breaches are constantly made public. Are information security professionals doing something wrong? Where are enterprises most vulnerable? And what can network pros do to keep a company more secure? ...

  • May 19, 2009 19 May'09

    Nortel's VSP 9000 switch takes on Cisco, skeptical customers

    Nortel Networks comes to Interop Las Vegas this week with an announcement of a new data center core switch designed to go toe-to-toe with Cisco Systems' Nexus 7000. But Nortel faces a hard sell trying to convince enterprises to invest in ...

  • May 18, 2009 18 May'09

    IT automation, automated network management becoming essential

    IT automation and automated network management are becoming essential technologies for increasing the value of IT and ensuring application performance in increasingly complex networked environments. caught up with Rick Sturm and...

  • May 15, 2009 15 May'09

    IEEE basics: Standards, wireless technology make communication convenient

    During the IEEE 125th anniversary celebration on Monday, I had the pleasure of meeting IEEE President John Vig and shooting a brief video with him. Here, Vig discusses how the IEEE is involved in ...

  • May 15, 2009 15 May'09

    Interop Las Vegas 2009: Special news coverage

    Keep up with what's happening at Interop Las Vegas 2009 in this conference coverage. Read about network management, network security, networked application delivery, automation, WAN performance, unified communications, virtualization, wireless, the ...

  • May 14, 2009 14 May'09

    4G is coming, but will it generate enough telecom revenue?

    Wireless operators are making steady investments in 4G deployments, but without rethinking some fundamentals, they may have a hard time seeing good returns on services based on LTE and WiMax.

  • May 14, 2009 14 May'09

    Cost-effective WAN fixes, not buzzwords the challenge at Interop 2009

    Affordable WAN solutions that have an immediate impact on the bottom line, as well as on the overall performance of a WAN should be the focus of the 2009 Interop technology trade show taking place this week in Las Vegas.

  • May 14, 2009 14 May'09

    Q&A: Jim Metzler previews the networking track at Interop

    Although Interop is much more than a networking show these days, it still has a strong program of networking topics. Dr. Jim Metzler, of Metzler, Ashton & Associates, will chair the networking track at this year's Interop Las Vegas. ...

  • May 13, 2009 13 May'09

    IEEE celebrates 125 years, not just for engineers

    I am thankful for electricity. That's what I said last Thanksgiving, and I'll say it again now. Without electricity, we'd have been sitting in the dark, eating turkey roasted over a spit. I'll come ...

  • May 13, 2009 13 May'09

    Aruba's RAP-2 takes corporate WAN to the teleworker at $99

    Aruba Networks introduces Virtual Branch Network, a portfolio of remote networking products that gives teleworkers and small branch offices secure and simple access to the corporate network.

  • May 13, 2009 13 May'09

    Extreme offers 582 10 GbE ports in new data center switch modules

    At Interop, Extreme Networks will debut its new BlackDiamond 8900-Series modules, which enterprises can use to upgrade the BlackDiamond 8800-Series chassis so that a single rack of switches contains 582 10 GbE ports or more than 2000 1 GbE ports.

  • May 12, 2009 12 May'09

    Controller mixes WAN failover with SIP capabilities for VoIP

    A WAN appliance from Ecessa was recently unveiled that combines its failover controller technology with SIP management software, allowing users to channel VoIP traffic across multiple WAN and service provider networks. ClariLink functions as a ...

  • May 12, 2009 12 May'09

    3Com hopes to win enterprise networking customers with global H3C push

    Nearly 10 years after it abandoned the enterprise networking market, 3Com is trying to shake off its SMB reputation. It has announced plans to launch its successful Chinese-centric H3C brand globally as its new enterprise networking brand.

  • May 11, 2009 11 May'09

    Improving WAN performance: Zero in on services, user needs

    WAN performance problems aren't always solved by applying optimization tools without some planning. Observing what services are being delivered over the WAN, and how, before implementing an optimization solution can help IT better meet user needs ...

  • May 07, 2009 07 May'09

    Solid 802.11n deployment prepares medical center for future demands

    Boston Medical Center overhauled its wireless LAN with a new 802.11n infrastructure in order to meet its staff's expanding needs to stay connected wherever they are on the hospital's campus. Analysts say it's a growing trend, and not just in ...

  • May 07, 2009 07 May'09

    ARIN CEO: IPv6 is coming, regardless of looming routing crisis

    In an exclusive interview, ARIN CEO John Curran said that despite a looming routing crisis for service providers, IPv6 must be implemented. Other, more fundamental problems are decades off, he said, and so are their solutions.

  • May 06, 2009 06 May'09

    Juniper's new branch office routers take aim at Cisco's ISR

    Juniper's new routers and switch aim for the branch office, but even if they can't overthrow Cisco's ISR, opportunity abounds.

  • May 05, 2009 05 May'09

    Shocker! Cisco leads the pack in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for enterprise LAN

    When I saw that Gartner had published a new Magic Quadrant for enterprise local area network (LAN) infrastructure, I knew one thing was for certain. Cisco Systems would be THE leader in the market. ...

  • May 05, 2009 05 May'09

    Deconstructing the IT boys' club: Here we go again

    Last week, Bridget Botelho blogged about how she had attended the New England VMware Users Group meeting in Newport, RI and found it to be a boys' club, sparsely attended by women. Botelho was made ...

  • April 30, 2009 30 Apr'09

    Aruba is banging out the wireless LAN customer wins

    Aruba Networks emails me quite often with wireless LAN customer wins. Either it is signing more customers than other WLAN vendors, or it simply publicizes its wins more often.  Usually I don't ...

  • April 30, 2009 30 Apr'09

    Without revenue-per-bit stabilization, is telecom a time bomb?

    Despite healthy margins today, providing bulk bandwidth is a losing proposition for telecoms unless they can stabilize revenue-per-bit, analysts say. But what will the future of the Internet bring?

  • April 30, 2009 30 Apr'09

    Network management and monitoring market remains crowded, fragmented

    IDC's new assessment of the network management and monitoring market reveals a crowded and fragmented landscape where leading vendors don't necessarily compete against one another. Instead, they are solving different problems for network managers, ...

  • April 29, 2009 29 Apr'09

    Swine flu begets spam

    How appropriate. The swine flu hysteria is generating new email spam.  If Monty Python's Flying Circus was still in business, they'd put together a wonderful skit about this. (Spaaaaam, oh ...

  • April 29, 2009 29 Apr'09

    Three strategies to defend WANs against bandwidth-hogging websites

    Wide-area network (WAN) bandwidth conservation is becoming a critical issue, particularly as enterprises accept the business case for online multimedia services like YouTube. Here are three strategies for protecting the WAN from bandwidth hogs like ...

  • April 29, 2009 29 Apr'09

    Five steps to cut WAN network costs, prepare for economic recovery

    Unless you start thinking about projects and taking some action now, it may be too late to launch plans later that will kick into high gear next year. What is needed are some immediate strategies to create win-win situations instead of trade-offs ...

  • April 28, 2009 28 Apr'09

    Juniper and IBM reaffirm alliance in wake of Brocade deal

    On the heels of today's huge news that IBM has signed an OEM agreement with Brocade to sell IBM-branded Brocade (formerly Foundry) switches and routers, Juniper and IBM are reaffirming their ...

  • April 28, 2009 28 Apr'09

    IBM re-enters networking market with Brocade OEM deal

    A new Ethernet networking OEM deal between IBM and Brocade promises to reshape the market. Selling Brocade's switches and routers as IBM-branded products not only boosts Brocade's profile but also threatens Cisco's market domination.

  • April 27, 2009 27 Apr'09

    WAN applications performance shouldn't suffer as demands, complexity increase

    With the number of telecommuting workers and virtual employees on the rise, and with the application infrastructure getting more complex and mobile, networks have to become more application sensitive to keep performance pumped and reliability up to ...

  • April 23, 2009 23 Apr'09

    Cisco puts the cloud computing on edge router blade

    This week Cisco announced a bunch of new cloud-based security and collaboration products, including a new cloud-based intrusion protection system (IPS) and Cisco ASA 5500 Series 8.2, with a new ...

  • April 23, 2009 23 Apr'09

    The firewall remains the network traffic cop, but its role is changing

    Even as mobile workers connect to the network from a wide variety of devices, the network firewall remains the bedrock of network security. But the role of the firewall is evolving from perimeter defender to gatekeeper.

  • April 23, 2009 23 Apr'09

    M2M on the radar, but has little impact on current WAN strategies

    With the increased reliance on telecommuters, the shift towards Web-based and virtual applications, and the elimination of satellite data and IT centers, you would think that network planners have enough on their plate in terms of future network ...

  • April 23, 2009 23 Apr'09

    Deutsche Telekom stumbles a bit, but don't blame the economy

    Deutsche Telekom cited currency woes and a tough economy as factors contributing to newly lowered earning expectations. But analysts say that increased competition is a major problem as well.

  • April 22, 2009 22 Apr'09

    IP transformation: Wide impact on telecom network management

    IP transformation remains a major topic of service provider conversation in terms of how to best increase network efficiency and revenue, but transformation is a multi-pronged effort taking place on the network, product portfolio, systems and...

  • April 22, 2009 22 Apr'09

    Remote teleworkers complicate WAN bandwidth allocation

    Part-time teleworkers, and a myriad of networked applications, mean that the calculations for predicting bandwidth consumption are more complicated than ever.

  • April 22, 2009 22 Apr'09

    Network capacity management tool from Infoblox reveals port usage

    PortIQ from Infoblox gives network managers an accurate view of the number of ports they have on their network. It also enables better capacity management by showing how many of those ports are going unused.

  • April 16, 2009 16 Apr'09

    Time Warner bandwidth cap trials draw public backlash

    Time Warner Cable expands its bandwidth cap program to make broadband profitable, but customer resistance and legal threats could scuttle the initiative.

  • April 16, 2009 16 Apr'09

    Tight times? Organize your networking group to stay above the stress

    Savvy networking professionals will use tight times as a chance to reorganize their network groups before some pointy-haired boss gets the first strike.

  • April 15, 2009 15 Apr'09

    Managing Network Problem Users: The make-it-so CEO

    With this third entry in our series about Network Problem Users, looks at the CEOs who demand it their way or the highway, no matter the impact on the network -- or the network admin's sanity.

  • April 14, 2009 14 Apr'09

    Maturing NAC market gets its first Gartner Magic Quadrant

    The market for network access control (NAC) is maturing, with enterprises adopting the technology in ways NAC pioneers never envisioned. Citing increased interest from its clients, Gartner has published its first Magic Quadrant for the NAC market..

  • April 09, 2009 09 Apr'09

    Network games galore, but who has time to play?

    Working on my story about learning games and the launch of Cisco Mind Share, I couldn't help but think of two other games I'd been pitched by vendors recently, one by NetQoS and the other by Cisco ...

  • April 09, 2009 09 Apr'09

    Network virtualization, led by Juniper, promises efficiency boost

    Emerging network virtualization technology could enable telecom service providers to cut redundant hardware and carrier network management costs to create more efficient telecom networks.

  • April 08, 2009 08 Apr'09

    F5 tackles virtualization with application delivery platform BIG-IP v10

    With BIG-IP v10, F5 Networks is consolidating services onto a single hardware platform and making its application delivery networking technology more aware of virtualization and cloud computing.

  • April 08, 2009 08 Apr'09

    As legislation passes, enterprises need to get VPN ready

    Even as more workers go mobile, security restrictions are tightening, and it's time for enterprises to get serious about putting a VPN around key networked applications, whether standalone or Web apps.

  • April 07, 2009 07 Apr'09

    Cisco's Game Face: Can games replace traditional certification prep?

    The Cisco Mind Share game covers a range of topics, but can it replace traditional certification prep?

  • April 02, 2009 02 Apr'09

    From Cisco to Meru to Aruba, school finally finds right WLAN

    Proper testing and a cool detachment can help you avoid costly, time-consuming misadventures while deploying a wireless LAN. One elementary school had to rip and replace a WLAN deployment four times before finally getting it right.

  • April 01, 2009 01 Apr'09

    SSL support by WAN optimization vendors growing concern

    WAN optimization of SSL encrypted traffic has improved, but the surge in encrypted data, and SaaS apps that automatically encrypt, means the capabilities are becoming a must for many enterprises.

  • March 30, 2009 30 Mar'09

    Conficker worm to strike April 1

    Although Microsoft Conficker/Downadup infections were not a major threat a couple months ago, sources ranging from Brink to The New York Times (Computer Experts Unite to Hunt Worm) say that on ...

  • March 26, 2009 26 Mar'09

    Mobile app stores deliver little direct revenue but are critical for ARPU

    While carriers aren't getting a big cut of the app store pie, their revenues still depend on the increasingly popular e-storefronts to cut churn and draw in new customers -- as well as sell new, ARPU-driving services.

  • March 26, 2009 26 Mar'09

    Managing network problem users: The Downloading Disaster

    With this second entry in a new series about network problem users, looks at users who download by the gigabyte, for legitimate purposes or otherwise, and what networking professionals can do to keep these users from slowing ...

  • March 25, 2009 25 Mar'09

    Rise of the occasional telecommuter will expand WAN demands

    Managers of wide area networks (WANs) will face challenges as the ranks of employees who telecommute swell to a quarter of the workforce by 2016.

  • March 24, 2009 24 Mar'09

    Extreme's port extender can replace consumer devices at network edge

    Extreme Networks has introduced the ReachNXT 100-8t, a port extender that allows enterprises to create multiple network connections at the outer edges of their networks. The device offers an enterprise-grade alternative to consumer network devices ...

  • March 20, 2009 20 Mar'09

    Cisco certification product giveaway

    In light of Cisco's Unified Computing announcement -- and to coincide with the wrap-up of IT career and training expert Ed Tittel's Cisco Press giveaway, we thought now would be the perfect time to ...

  • March 20, 2009 20 Mar'09

    10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Ethernet market passes $10 billion mark.

    The pipes are getting bigger and bigger. This afternoon Infonetics Research published a new report claiming that the market for 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) grew by 47% in 2008 to $10.8 ...

  • March 18, 2009 18 Mar'09

    Mobile WAN optimization is not for everyone

    Mobile WAN optimization can boost mobile worker productivity, but supporting the technology is a hassle. Some vendors, such as Riverbed and Cisco, have brought products to market. Others, like Silver Peak, are staying away from it.

  • March 17, 2009 17 Mar'09

    California dreaming: Cisco's rivals have their say about Unified Computing

    Yesterday was Cisco's big day. The networking behemoth ended months of speculation about its move into the server market by unveiling its Unified Computing System, codenamed "California." As I sat ...

  • March 17, 2009 17 Mar'09

    Cisco unveils Unified Computing, merging servers, storage and networks

    With Unified Computing, Cisco enters the blade server market, but it's putting more emphasis on an architecture that tightly couples servers, storage and virtualization with the network in order to enable cloud computing.

  • March 17, 2009 17 Mar'09

    IPv6 network security threats

    The Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) does not improve Web security for enterprises, but an understanding of IPv6 network security issues can help you protect your corporate network against the latent threats of IPv6 when you transition from IPv4. ...

  • March 15, 2009 15 Mar'09

    City's mesh network nets criminals

    In New Orleans, a mesh network with surveillance cameras has not only helped cops catch criminals in the act, but also kept Wi-Fi costs down and extended access to the underprivileged.

  • March 15, 2009 15 Mar'09

    Campus Wi-Fi network keeps costs low, security high

    A network admin says his organization struggled with the security and cost issues of Wi-Fi, but it found a way to achieve top-of-the-line security without breaking the bank.

  • March 12, 2009 12 Mar'09

    Femtocells, distributed antennas can help fine-tune wireless networks

    Increasing use of femtocells and distributed antenna systems can help telecom service providers cut wireless backhaul costs by a third and increase service quality for customers.

  • March 12, 2009 12 Mar'09

    Profiling -- and protecting against -- network problem users: The Internet Novice

    With this first entry in a new series about network problem users, looks at the Internet Novice. Though well-meaning, Internet novices can pose a significant threat to the corporate network. Education and smart policies can ...

  • March 11, 2009 11 Mar'09

    SolarWinds getting ready to go public, someday

    I've always thought that SolarWinds was a great target for acquisition.  When I ask network administrators what they use to manage and monitor their infrastructure, one of the most common responses ...

  • March 11, 2009 11 Mar'09

    Beamforming, RF management key to 802.11n wireless LAN success

    Ruckus Wireless introduced beamforming to 802.11n wireless LAN, taking aim at the RF management techniques of Cisco and other rivals.

  • March 11, 2009 11 Mar'09

    WAN optimization market passes $1 billion; Cisco takes the lead

    The global WAN optimization market passed the $1 billion mark in 2008, thanks to a 29% growth rate, according to Infonetics Research. Cisco, Blue Coat and Riverbed are the market leaders.

  • March 10, 2009 10 Mar'09

    Cisco EEM scripting gets a reboot -- and helps cut response times

    Dubbed internally 'Cisco's best-kept secret,' Cisco's Embedded Event Manager (EEM) scripts have started to take off, giving network professionals deeper access to Cisco IOS while cutting out busywork.

  • March 05, 2009 05 Mar'09

    How to prepare for networking interview questions: Insider advice

    Even after getting a foot in the door with a stellar resume, job candidates need to be prepared not only to show technical prowess but to demonstrate that they're a good fit for the company.

  • March 05, 2009 05 Mar'09

    Verizon's LTE vendor selection boosts nascent IMS market

    Verizon's choice of Alcatel-Lucent to provide its IMS backbone gives the technology a boost in 2009, but most of the IMS action is likely to take place in Europe.

  • March 04, 2009 04 Mar'09

    Optimizing Oracle apps on the WAN: Detailed roadmaps minimize speed bumps

    Delivering Oracle applications -- including Web-based ERP, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and Oracle Forms -- over the WAN requires careful planning for optimization and acceleration to ensure efficient network operations that reduce bandwidth needs and ...

  • March 04, 2009 04 Mar'09

    Network change and configuration management vendors see big changes

    Two leading independent network change and configuration management vendors have seen big changes this winter. Netcordia gave its product a makeover, while AlterPoint changed ownership.

  • March 02, 2009 02 Mar'09

    HP's $1 billion data center deal with Aviva includes Cisco

    Although Cisco and HP no longer have a cozy data center relationship, HP's new $1 billion data center outsourcing deal with European insurance giant Aviva includes Cisco products. The ten-year deal ...

  • February 26, 2009 26 Feb'09

    NetApp takes viral YouTube marketing to another level.

    The intersection between geek culture and hip hop has a long, vibrant history and has brought us many cherished pop culture moments. Back in the 1984, there was Reveng of the Nerds. Who can forget ...

  • February 26, 2009 26 Feb'09

    For telecoms expanding services, wireless backhaul gives flexibility

    Between operational and capital savings, wireless backhaul gives operators a new level of flexibility, and the technique appears to be gaining traction in the market.

  • February 26, 2009 26 Feb'09

    Juniper adds new top-of-rack switch to data center networking line

    Juniper is adding a top-of-rack 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) data center switch, the EX 2500, but will enterprises buy into Juniper's network switching foray?

  • February 26, 2009 26 Feb'09

    Juniper hopes Project Stratus fabric will breach data center networks

    Juniper's newly announced Project Stratus doesn't bring much new information but points to the direction in which the company has been slowly heading for a while: the data center. The only question is whether they will be able to penetrate that ...

  • February 25, 2009 25 Feb'09

    Geek vs. Man vs. Wild: Get your grub on

    What happens when you take a grizzled network admin and drop him in the wilds of Texas? I'm not sure either, exactly, but NetQoS put up a Man vs. Wild spoof featuring Cisco routers and NetFlow ...

  • February 24, 2009 24 Feb'09

    School deploys 802.11n WLAN to support student laptop program

    When the Institute of Notre Dame, a Catholic girls' school in Baltimore, decided to issue every student a tablet PC, it elected to provide connectivity for the computers with an 802.11n wireless LAN. Designing the network was a challenge, however, ...

  • February 19, 2009 19 Feb'09

    YouTube, Facebook make bandwidth monitoring best practices challenging

    Network performance can be dragged down by sites like YouTube and Facebook, but cutting them off completely can lead to new problems. Two veterans of the bandwidth monitoring wars share their advice for keeping your network performance up to par.

  • February 18, 2009 18 Feb'09

    Cisco and HP: Data center frenemies now poised for all-out war

    What would the data center vendor market look like today if Carly Fiorina hadn't been ousted as CEO of HP back in 2005? Under her leadership, HP maintained a cozy detente with Cisco. The two ...

  • February 18, 2009 18 Feb'09

    Scalable network lifecycle management processes can reduce costs

    In a lousy economy, network managers will be asked to manage their networks more efficiently. One way to cut operational costs is to develop better processes and acquire better tools for network lifecycle management.

  • February 18, 2009 18 Feb'09

    IPv6: Friend or foe?

    Eventually, IPv6 will become reality and companies will need to consider deployment. But, until then, experts advise companies to start planning and preparing to ease the inevitable transition.

  • February 18, 2009 18 Feb'09

    WAN optimization and acceleration appliances tackle SSL traffic

    WAN optimization and acceleration appliances, notably Riverbed's Steelhead appliances, can now accelerate SSL encrypted traffic, ensuring secure travel across the WAN.

  • February 18, 2009 18 Feb'09

    The WAN speeds up

    Companies want to get the most out of their WANs, but don't want to pay for costly upgrades. Experts say application optimization and WAN acceleration could really speed things up.

  • February 13, 2009 13 Feb'09

    NetScout adds authentication and policy control to packet sniffer

    If you're a network manager, chance are you've possessed a laptop with a packet sniffer or protocol analyzer on it. Just plug that bad boy into the corporate network and you can look at all the ...

  • February 13, 2009 13 Feb'09

    Aerohive comes up with a new approach to WLAN airtime fairness

    When I have conversations with network managers about whether they plan to upgrade to 802.11n wireless LAN technology, many say they're in no hurry. They're still getting plenty out of their ...